Category Archive for 'Philosophy'

The Critical Mass

God, dog, chair, fighter plane I’m feeling pretty strongly about dogs these days. Their loyalty, their energy, their simple dietary needs. Their almost psychic ability to find an allegedly indestructible¬† rubber ball misplaced behind the furniture. I would feel more comfortable about organized religion if God had made dogs in his image. Perhaps he did. […]

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Tastes like a six-ton bird Paleontologists have surmised that while Tyrannosaurus rex meat probably didn’t taste like chicken, it very likely did taste like the meat from some kind of a bird. The logic is that birds and crocodiles taste similar, and both are related to dinosaurs (birds even more directly than crocs). And as […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 24 This morning’s coffee is an excellent Mexican. First music of the day, a continued obsession with the jazz saxophonist Ben Webster. Other pertinent noise: The dog sprawled on the couch next to me, snoring heavily. I’m smoking salmon this morning, a […]

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Frank Zappa: One hell of an erection Newly independent in the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Baltic nation of Lithuania erected a statue to Frank Zappa in a public square in its capitol city of Vilnius. Zappa was born in the United States, but was of Lithuanian heritage. The wacky, avant-garde, […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to Good morning. It’s raining, and that means the first music of the day will be Bill Frisell’s Good Dog Happy Man. 1, The narrative adopted for a year now by the news media has insisted that incumbents, and Democrats, are in trouble in […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Aug. 29 Still no end to these awesome Upstate New York global warming mornings. The coffee’s on, last of the stuff from some island in the Flores Sea. First music of the day: Now is the Hour, Charlie Haden Quartet West. 1, In […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: June 27 I’m back to reading The Sunday Times for you, after a two-week absence that I’m blaming on barbecue and jazz. This morning, Miles Davis’ Miles in the Sky is drifting out the deck speakers, chicken thigh quarters are marinating in a […]

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Why wasn’t the Second Coming during World War II? According to a new poll, 41 percent of Americans believe the Second Coming of Jesus will occur within the next 40 years. I find this fascinating. Forty-one percent of you! Can I ask: How do you know this? 1. Did someone tell you? A neighbor, perhaps, […]

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I need Twits following me? I awoke Sunday afternoon to find the deck out back of the house covered with people. Oh yeah, the post-jazzfest party…. The last two editions of The Sunday New York Times are lying on a coffee table in the living room, still in their blue plastic wrappings, unread. I have […]

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A little free philosophy Wednesday morning, I’m browsing through the tables of Barnes & Nobles’ recommended summer reading – Catch-22, In Cold Blood, been there, done all of that – when some guy comes up to me. He wears the badges of homelessness. Unshaven, rumpled clothes, long hair, unfocused eyes. But so do I. I […]

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